The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) announced later that night that Man of the Match in the first Test, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan had been released from the squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur. They announced Tamil Nadu Allrounder Vijay Shankar would be Bhuvneshwar’s replacement for the remainder of the series. He had been hoping for a national call-up for a while, and he has been on the edges of the selection, so his elevation to the Test squad came as a surprise.
An emerging all-rounder bats in the middle order and bowls right-arm medium-pace. He started out as an offspinner but turned to seam bowling to lend more types and styles to the Tamil Nadu attack, given the presence of R. Ashwin and other spinners in the squad.
After the call, he told reporters that,
“I am really excited (about the call-up). It has been a long-time dream of mine to be part of the Indian team. Now it has come true. My hard work has paid off. I was not expecting it but it feels great,”
“I am looking forward to being part of the Indian dressing room for the first time,”
Vijay has been in good form with his batting form and in bowling too in the ongoing Ranji Trophy and slammed a hundred against Odisha while also bowling long spells. He said that getting four wickets against Mumbai has given him confidence.
Vijay comes from a cricket-loving family. His father, H.Shankar is a former club cricketer and his brother, Ajay plays league cricket as well. His father went the extra mile to support his sons’ cricketing ambitions by constructing a net-practice facility at the terrace of their two-storey house in Madipakkam, Chennai. Vijay has forborne the trouble of travelling far for daily practice with astro truf and a bowling machine to boot.
A former Indian Cricter and TamilNadu Bowling Coach, L Balaji said that Vijay Shankar improves his bowling while he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
His family members were pleased to see him earn a call to the Test team and his brother Ajay, who plays in the TNCA League, said Vijay’s hard work and perseverance has paid off.
“We are excited to see him representing the country. Making a debut is a big and a very special time for us. He worked hard a lot for this,”
“Vijay put in a lot of hard work and his efforts made him return stronger and earn a spot in the A team,”
Finally, the 26-year-old cricketer and all-rounder have got his deserved call-up, and he has all the qualities to succeed in international cricket. Vijay’s presence in the team will support India which scheduled to tour overseas in the next couple of years.
For that to happen, he has to do well in his opportunity and make a case for himself if he gets a chance to play against Sri Lanka.
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